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RE: Threads, reentrancy, and suchlike things (was: Re: Working Group Proposal)

Moore, Paul
July 24, 2000 08:50
RE: Threads, reentrancy, and suchlike things (was: Re: Working Group Proposal)
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> Nope, glib is extremely portable. Look at it again!

OK, I just scanned briefly - based on a web search which picked up the Glib
reference manual. Can you point me to a URL where I can get a downloadable
copy of Glib? Is support for Win32 using Microsoft Visual C++ available yet?
If not, the URL is of limited use, as I won't have time in the near future
to look at porting work.

[This isn't meant as a facetious comment - if glib is available on
Win32/MSVC, I'd find it very useful]

This is probably a proof of some sort on some aspect of the PR side of
things ("Gnome is Unix/X, so it isn't going to be portable...")

> One of Glib's aims is portability. They're trying to extend to as many
> platforms as possible because they want GNOME to extend to as many
> platforms as possible. Our support helps them in other ways as well.
> Portability goals are pretty common.

Um. I won't comment on this, as it's going to get FAR off-topic very fast.
I'll just say that GNOME-on-windows isn't my idea of portability (any more
than cygwin is).

> This is true. But people will make up untruths about Perl no matter
> what we do. Let's make sure we're doing the right thing, no matter
> what anyone else may say. The PR is the job of our spokesperson,
> right?

It's not untruths so much as perceptions. The ActiveState conspiracy theory
turned out to be false, but I'm pretty certain that Perl lost people to
Python over it. I don't know whether fighting popularity wars is important,
or even relevant, but if it is, being right isn't always enough to win...

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